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Opening July 6, 2012 7-9PM

Exhibit July 6 - September 3, 2012


Liz Maugans








Liz Maugans

Liz Maugans is the co-founder and Managing Director of Zygote Press, Inc.  She received her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1992.  She teaches printmaking and drawing at Cleveland Institute of Art and Lorain County Community College.  She is included in the Progressive Art Collection, BF Goodrich(Charlotte, N.C.) and  The Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, (Columbus, OH) collections.  She received an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship in 2000 and a 2005 Artist-in-Communities Grant from the Ohio Arts Council for her "Drawing It Out" program, that introduces creative experiences to women (reentering the community from the criminal justice system) in chemical dependency programs.  In 2012, Zygote Press received the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the Cleveland Arts Prize Liz is the originator of the Collective Arts Network, a Zygote inititative started in 2011 that connects Visual Arts organizations through resource sharing, marketing collaborations and the publication of a quarterly journal.

Managing Director
Zygote Press





    At present, Lisa Schonberg teaches printmaking, and design courses as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame College in S. Euclid, Ohio and Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.  Lisa earned a BFA from Ohio University in 1976 majoring in Art Education and an MFA from Kent State University in 1984 majoring in Printmaking.  In addition to teaching at Notre Dame and BW, Lisa has taught at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, the Orange Art Center and Zygote Press in Cleveland.  She has also taught in several artist-in-residency programs such as Metro Health Center’s Art Therapy Department, Laurel High School, Hawken Lower School and Moreland Hills Elementary School.  Her teaching career spans a total of 33 years.
As an artist, Lisa uses several printmaking techniques such as etching, relief printing and monoprinting and combines them with an excitement for the natural world.  Imaginary and stylized forms such as trees and foliage, birds and other creatures are layered to produce one-of-a-kind prints. This kind of subject matter is sometimes autobiographical and narrative in content and relates to phases in her life as well as to natural phenomena that sparks her interest.
The prints Lisa makes are called monotypes or monoprints.  Essentially a monotype is made by applying ink in various ways to an unaltered, non-porous printing plate such as a sheet of clear acrylic plastic or a metal plate. After the ink has been manipulated on the plate, paper is then placed overtop the plate and run through a printing press to obtain the image.  Sometimes the same print is run through the press numerous times using different plates to create layering and several variable images.  Unlike traditional printmaking where multiples of identical prints can be produced, monoprinting produces images that are all different and have the potential to reveal exciting variations on a theme. 
Lisa’s work has been exhibited regionally in various galleries, schools and museums since 1982.  This past winter, Lisa’s work was exhibited at Zygote Press in Cleveland in an exhibit called “Intersections”, a collaborative exhibition between Zygote and the LIT pairing image and poetry.  In the fall of ’09, 12 of her “bird” monotypes were exhibited with 4 other Cleveland artists in Dresden, Germany in an exhibit called “NEO5: Graphics from Zygote Press”.  Also, in ‘09, Lisa was awarded “Best in Show” at the 38th annual Valley Arts Center Juried Exhibition in Chagrin Falls, Ohio for a print titled “The Wisdom of Trees”.   In June ‘06, Lisa was awarded the “Viktor Schreckengost Excellence in Design” Award at the 35th Annual Gates Mills Juried Art Show for a monoprint titled “Discourse and Intrusions”.  Also in 2006, Lisa was commissioned by the “University Print Club” of Cleveland to do their annual edition.  She produced a monoprint/woodcut titled “Tree Sounds”, a reaction to the mysteriousness of nature and an expression of an alternate way of “looking” at the woods.  One of the prints from the edition of 18 is now in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Prints and Drawings Department.
In addition, Lisa rents studio space at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio where she presently works making prints, teaching and volunteering.  216-956-3003 or adajul@aol.com






  Exhibits include:
2012 OAC Faculty Exhibition, Pepper Pike
2012  Fellow Travelers, Noel Reifel and Former Students Works, Zygote Press
2011  Zygote Press, Holiday Show, Cleveland
2011  HeightArts Gallery, Holiday Show
2011 NEO Printmaking Invitational, Baldwin Wallace College, Berea
     2011 OAC 40+, Faculty Exhibition, Pepper Pike
2011 Intersections Juried Exhibition, Zygote Press, Cleveland
     2010 Arts Quarter Juried Exhibition, Zygote Press, Cleveland
2010 4 Ohio Print Coops Exhibition and Open Portfolio, Zygote Press, Cleveland
2009 Galerie Drei, NEO5: Graphics from Zygote Press, Dresden, Germany
2009 VAC, Chagrin Falls, 38th Annual Juried Exhibition, Best in Show Award      
     2009/10/11 HeightsArts Gallery, Holiday Show, Cleveland Heights   
2009 Zygote Press, Works in Progress Exhibition, Cleveland
2009 Morgan Conservatory, Zygote Printmakers, Cleveland
2009 Valley Arts Center, Under Pressure Show, Chagrin Falls
2009 Beck Center Exhibit, Lakewood
2008 Zygote Press, Dec. Holiday Show, Cleveland
2008 HeightsArts Gallery, Dec. Holiday Show, Cleveland Heights
2008 Surface to Surface: Contemporary Prints, Notre Dame College
2008 River Gallery, Rocky River
2008 BayArts Gallery, Zygote Press Printmakers, Bay Village
2008 Trinity Cathedral’s “Go Green” Exhibit, Cleveland
2008 Mandel School for Social Sciences, Cleveland
2008 Kendal Retirement Community, Oberlin
2008 Intown Club/Idea Stream, Cleveland
2007 All Women, All Prints, All the Time, Zygote Press, Cleveland
2007 Beachwood Community Center, Zygote Printmakers, Beachwood
2007 AAWR, 9th Annual Members Show
2007 Heights Arts Gallery, Z-9, 9 Zygote Press Printmakers, Cleveland Heights
2006 HeightsArts Gallery, “Collectors Choice Exhibit”, Cleveland Heights
2006 35th Annual Gates Mills Art Show, Juried Exhibit, Gates Mills, Victor Schreckengost Design Award
2005 Terra Vista Studios, Cleveland
2005/04/03 OCAC Arts and Crafts Invitational, Orange Art Center, Pepper Pike
2005 Thrive Gallery, Cleveland
2004  33rd Annual Gates Mills Art Show, Juried Exhibit, Gates Mills
2003/01 AAWR, Members May Show, Cleveland
2003  Allen Gallery, Berea
2002/00  OCAC Community Art Show, Orange Art Center, Pepper Pike
2007/05/03/01/99  Notre Dame College Faculty Exhibitions, South Euclid
2000/99  Annual Russell Art Shows, Fairmount Fine Arts Center, Russell
1998  Mandel Jewish Community Center, Beachwood
1997 OCAC Faculty Show, Orange Art Center, Pepper Pike
1996  Mansfield Art Center Gallery, Mansfield
1995/93/92/88/85  Notre Dame College Annual Art Exhibits, South Euclid
1994  Beachwood Art Center, Beachwood
1990 William Busta Gallery, Cleveland (Murray Hill)
1989  Souvenirs Gallery, Cleveland(Murray Hill)
1988 Cleveland Garden Center, One Person Exhibition, Cleveland
1988  Laurel High School, One Person Exhibition, Shaker Heights
1987/86/85  Art at 2037, Cleveland(Murray Hill)
1986/83  Canton Institute of Art, All Ohio Exhibitions, Canton

  1. University of North Dakota Print/Drawing Juried Show, Grand Forks

1984  MFA Thesis, Kent State University, Kent
1984  Graduate Drawing Exhibition, KSU, Kent
1984/83  Kent State Annual Student Exhibitions, Kent

  1. Bonfoey Art Gallery, Juried Print Show, Cleveland
  2. Blakelock and Gardner Gallery, Canton
  3. Graduate Printmaking Exhibition, KSU, Kent

1983 Kent Women Artists Exhibition, KSU, Kent
1982  Rebeneck Gallery, Akron Public Library, Akron
1982 Canton Institute of Art, Children’s Tour Exhibit, Canton
1982 Steel Street Experimental Gallery, Youngstown






Jen Craun

Jen Craun is a Cleveland-based printmaker and maker of Artist Books. She attended Kent State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education in 2000.  Following graduation, she spent a semester in Italy, and traveled to the European cities of London, Paris, Berlin and Rome. While in Florence, she attended printmaking courses from the Il Bisonte print shop and created a suite of woodcut prints and numerous artist journals documenting her travels.  Craun returned to Kent State as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at KSU, in the Printmaking Department, where she earned her MFA in 2003.  That same year, she received an Artist Residency scholarship at Zygote Press, a non-profit gallery and print studio in Cleveland.
In 2004, she was awarded an Artist in Residency to the Grafikwerkstatt Printshop in Dresden, Germany through the Ohio Arts Council. Craun is currently the Associate Director of Zygote Press, Inc.  She teaches as an adjunct professor in the Printmaking Department for the Cleveland Institute of Art, specifically the Artist Book courses within the printmaking department. As the lead artist-resident for Progressive Arts Alliance–a nonprofit organization that partners with local schools to provide professional arts integration–Craun enjoys teaching residencies for both printmaking and book arts programs. She functions also as the curriculum development and arts-integration consultant for PAA.
Craun works primarily in wood intaglio, etching, letterpress and collage, creating mixed-media prints as well as artist book forms. Her work has been exhibited locally at BayArts, Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland Public Art, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Heights Arts, Massilon Museum of Art, Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, SPACES, and Zygote Press.
She has exhibited both her print and artist book work nationally and internationally, and is included in the collections of: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The Vern Riffe Center for Government + Arts of The Ohio Arts Council, The Grafikwerkstatt Printshop, Cleveland Institute of Art Gund Library Artist Book Collection, Southern Graphic Council, Kent State University Printmaking Archives, Akron School of Art, and Zygote Press, Inc. Craun lives and makes her work–in her home studio, as well as Zygote Press–in Cleveland with her husband and two children.
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Suburban paradigm, standard waters
Suburban paradigm, model meadows
Suburban paradigm, normal woods
Suburban Paradigm, prototype bay


Media + Dimensions:

Each of these prints are a combination of mono print, relief + stencil printing, with layers of ink drawing. 
Print dimensions are 20" x 26" on Rives White Paper, and are all framed in 24" x 30" Natural Wood frames.


Each are $400










Corrie Slawson

Corrie Slawson was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design (1997) and her MFA from Kent State University (2006). In the fall of 2011, Slawson completed a five-week residency at the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden, Germany through the Ohio Arts Council, Zygote Press and the City of Dresden. In that same year she was awarded an Individual Artist Excellence grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Slawson has exhibited at various organizations in Cleveland including MOCA Cleveland, Zygote Press, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland Public Art and the Beck Center for the Arts. Nationally, she has exhibited at Dangenart Gallery in Nashville, TN (2007) and is included in the 2012 Rockford Art Museum’s Midwestern Biennial in Rockford, IL.
She co-founded Hotel Bruce, an online journal that re-envisioned and reported on Cleveland Neighborhoods (2003-2005). She is currently on staff at Zygote Press and is Grants consultant for The Sculpture Center.




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The mission of Zygote is to enable artists to produce fine art prints within an atmosphere of collective exchange by providing them with affordable workspace and exhibition opportunities. Zygote is a resource dedicated to increasing awareness about contemporary printmaking by creating active communication among artist-printmakers and the broader community.




Denise Stewart

Denise Stewart graduated with a BS degree in Education from Boston University and a BFA in Printmaking from The Cleveland Institute of Art. She combines teaching with her work in print by offering classes and giving lectures as a visiting artist. She was formerly the curator and gallery manager at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls and continues to organize exhibits and jury exhibitions in the Cleveland area. Stewart is a resident artist at Zygote Press in Cleveland’s Art Quarter. Her prints incorporate unconventional materials such as used tea fiber and rust. She has exhibited at the Heights
Gallery, Trinity Cathedral, The Beck Center, Zygote Press, Notre Dame College, Baldwin Wallace College, and Bay Arts.

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